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New branch of the Camellia Grill to open in the French Quarter

Published: Monday, November 22, 2010, 3:55 PM     Updated: Monday, November 22, 2010, 4:03 PM
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A singular Uptown institution is expecting a twin on December 3, when the Camellia Grill is scheduled to open a new location in the New Orleans French Quarter.

Owner Hicham Khodr, who rescued the diner from post-Katrina limbo when he purchased it in 2006, promised the new location will be a spitting image of the original New Orleans icon.


“Same menu, same look, same feel,” he said. “Nothing has changed.”

Half the proceeds from the new Camellia’s first three days of business will donated to charity, Khodr said, with the lion’s share going to the Louisiana SPCA.

In 2008, Khodr opened a second location of Camellia Grill in Destin, Florida, but that restaurant has since closed. The French Quarter location, which is at 540 Chartres St., will, unlike the original, serve alcohol.

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